By Lenny Sundahl
Tribune Correspondent
ACCIDENT—Logan Yommer pitched a shutout and drove in five runs as Northern made quick work of Keyser, prevailing over the Golden Tornado in five innings by a 10-0 final.
Yommer struck out eight Keyser batters while only allowing four hits and no walks, retiring 13 of the last 14 batters in the process.
He also homered, doubled, and hit a sacrifice grounder to score runs on every at-bat.
Camden White, Matt and Andrew Liller, and Dalton Wilt were the lone Tornado baserunners.
Three of those baserunners were in the first inning, as Keyser seemed like they'd have their offense running well at the start.
White led off with a single, but was caught stealing second; had he made it in, he likely would have scored on the single Matt Liller smacked into center field that at-bat.
With two out Andrew Liller reached on a grounder that skipped past everyone into right field, but Yommer recovered to strike out Evan Moreland to get out of the jam.
One runner on second was as threatening as Keyser would be the rest of the game.
Aaron Rodeheaver led off the bottom of the first with a single, moved to second on a bunt, and came all the way around as Yommer belted a shot over the fence in left-center to put the Huskies on the board 2-0.
Tyler McClintock almost made it back-to-back, his single hitting the fence by just inches.
He would move on a wild pitch and a groundout before another wild pitch brought him home for a 3-0 lead.
Bryce Jones, Cayleb Broadwater, and Colton Houser then walked to load the bases, and though a pitch in the dirt scored another run, the runners would have advanced anyway on a fourth consecutive walk to Ryan Gallucci before starter Cam White got a popout from Rodeheaver to end the inning.
While it took Yommer just three pitches to get through the Tornado second inning, Northern stuck around a bit longer.
Calyb King walked, stole second and third, and scored on a sac grounder from Yommer to make it a five-run Huskie advantage.
McClintock then singled, but Keyser was able to turn the 4-6-3 double-play off the bat of McClintock to end the inning.
Things got messy in the third, however. With one out, Broadwater singled, to be joined by Houser on a walk, but an errant pitch resulted in Broadwater scoring and Houser moving to second. He would move to third on a single from Gallucci, and after he stole second Rodeheaver hit a grounder to third; the play would have driven in the runner on third anyway, but the throw to first pulled the fielder off the bag just in time for Rodeheaver to come across it safely, restoring runners on the corners with one out. King then doubled home Gallucci, sending Rodeheaver to third and putting Bradly Rotruck on the mound down eight runs to face Yommer, who doubled to left to clear the bases and put the game in mercy-rule territory. They managed to get out of the inning, though; Yommer tried to capitalize on a dropped pitch but wound up getting caught stealing third, and a popup from Clark Morin ended the inning. The damage had been done, however; while Northern was able to put reserves in as pinch-hitters for the fourth inning, the Tornado regulars were almost completely hopeless against Yommer. Only the legs of Dalton Wilt, who just beat the throw from third for an infield single to lead off the fifth, kept Northern from being perfect in the final four innings, and Yommer's retaliation was swift: three consecutive strikeouts to wrap up the game for the Huskies.
Keyser will have to regroup in time to face Frankfort this afternoon at home, with a first pitch scheduled for 4:30.